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FBI AGENT WHO TESTIFIED IN WHITMER KIDNAPPING ATTEMPT CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

by The Chicago Times Staff

July 19, 2021

DETROIT — On Monday, a special agent with the FBI who was involved in the operation that resulted in the arrest of a group of men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was criminally charged in connection with a domestic incident.

After allegedly beating his wife on Sunday, Richard Trask was arraigned in a Michigan court on one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, which is less than a murder charge.

Trask was later released on a $10,000 recognizance bond.

According to court documents, Trask, 39, joined the FBI in 2011 and has worked on terrorism and domestic extremism investigations.  During some of the most politically charged moments of the coronavirus pandemic, at least one of the investigations became a major story last October.  Federal prosecutors charged six members of the militia group “Wolverine Watchmen” with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer, a Democrat, based on the findings of an FBI investigation that began in early 2020.

Trask swore under oath detailing what agents discovered during their investigation in an affidavit dated Oct. 6, a document crucial to the government’s case.

“Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” according to the affidavit.

Trask also testified in federal court in January against defendant Barry Croft, whom Trask identified as a bomb maker and the leader of another militia group, the “Three Percenters”.

Trask is prohibited from possessing a firearm as a condition of his release, according to the outlet, which Arena said could jeopardize his future with the agency regardless of whether he is ultimately convicted of assault.

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